BJP MLA questions own party govt’s ‘inaction’ on sand crisis
A BJP MLA from Kota on Thursday questioned his own party government’s role in handling the sand crisis in the state.jaipur Updated: Dec 14, 2017 20:02 IST
A BJP MLA from Kota on Thursday questioned his own party government’s role in handling the sand crisis in the state.
The Supreme Court last month imposed a ban on sand mining in Rajasthan and sought the state government’s reply in four weeks.
“The Supreme Court had prohibited gravel sand excavation in Rajasthan last month and had given 4 weeks time to the Rajasthan government for presenting its side before it on the issue,” said Bhawani Singh Rajawat, BJP MLA from Ladpura (Kota).
The state government, however, did not present its version before the apex court even after a month’s time, a statement issued by Rajawat’s office said.
His comments came a day after the Vasundhara Raje government in Rajasthan completed four years of its rule.
The MLA said the state government should have made concentrated efforts for providing relief to the people. “Crunch of gravel sand has halted construction works of dams, bridges, cement concrete roads, drains, community centres and other development works in the state,” Rajawat said.
He urged the state government to put its view before in the apex court for removing the ban.
A truck of gravel sand is now costing ₹45,000 to ₹50,000 that was earlier ₹9000 to ₹10,000, he said. Besides, he said the ban has left many people unemployed while sand mafia are minting money and the government is not getting royalty.
First Published: Dec 14, 2017 20:02 IST